What a great feeling it is to have the pruning all done and dusted for another year. We finished cutting, stripping and tying down (went through almost 10 000 ties) the last of our vines a week or so ago. Our sincere thanks go out again to those who pitched in and gave us a hand when morale began to fail …somewhere around vine 3899 with a cold southerly blowing the ties from your pouch and rain falling yet again. To Grandpop Noel, to my wonderful friend Sarah, to the ever energetic Geoff and to Emilien the friendly froggie…your hard work and great company were so appreciated. It always amazes me that there are people out there who are happy to lend a hand when there’s nothing in it for them and no great cause, other than to help out a mate. Thanks to our kids too for helping out and putting up with weekend after weekend of boredom, or as in Archie’s case – time spent mastering his walking up and down the rows. However, it hasn’t been all bad – there were some beautiful days out in the vineyard where I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else. Dad has Dexter cows in the paddock next door and three baby calves were born as we pruned! And while there’s been crappy weather too – it’s not like we’ve been in Christchurch. Our heart goes out to all the Cantabs and if any of you need a break from the shaky city, let us know as there’s always room around here for extras. What else can I say other than, may your next fiasco be a wine!
Speaking of the earthquake, we experienced our own firsthand consequence of the quake earlier this week when we bottled our 2010 wines. There was a delay in getting the labels here from Christchurch which meant we had to bottle the wine without them – labels are over-rated anyway aren’t they, isn’t consumer choice all about cost at the end of the day? There are details on the label though that legally must be displayed so alas we will put the cleanskins (naked wine bottles) back through the bottling line on Tuesday to get labelled. Ironically we had the name “Shaky Isles Wines” trademarked before deciding to go with Fiasco. I guess both are somewhat appropriate give the state of Christchurch.
I suspect everyone is now ready for the Spring to arrive. The buds on our vines haven’t burst yet and it’s always a bit of fun predicting when they will. Although it is September, when you make wine it feels like this is the start of the year – when there is new growth and the whole cycle starts again. Happy New Year all